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minority (n.)

1530s, "state or condition of being smaller," a sense now obsolete, from French minorité (15c.), or directly from Medieval Latin minoritatem (nominative minoritas), from Latin minor "less, lesser, smaller, junior" (see minor (adj.)).

Meaning "state of being under legal age" is from 1540s; that of "smaller number or part, smaller of two aggregates into which a whole is divided numerically" is from 1736. Specifically as "the smaller division of any whole number of persons" (in politics, etc.) is by 1789. The meaning "group of people separated from the rest of a community by race, religion, language, etc." is from 1919, originally in an Eastern European context.

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Definitions of minority from WordNet

minority (n.)
a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part;
minority (n.)
being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts;
when the vote was taken they were in the minority
he held a minority position
minority (n.)
any age prior to the legal age;
Synonyms: nonage
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